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Timeless Kustoms Built a Supercharged, Turbocharged, Widebody Mustang
Like the current crop of ponycars and sports cars coming from Detroit, Pro Touring cars are in the midst of an arms race. The battle to put the most power down has seen the proliferation of forced induction V8s and tires as wide as original, 1960s wheels were tall. That goes for both the factory's efforts and the vintage iron that's built to keep up with them. The latest barrage of horsepower and handling from Timeless Kustoms in Camarillo, California, is evidenced in the Vicious Mustang, a 1965 fastback bulging with muscle and stuck to the tarmac with the very same rubber as the track-slaying Viper ACR.
The Mustang came to be in early 2016 when owner Chris Marechal wanted a unique track car that could keep up with some of the best sports cars on the market and also survive on the street. Not only did Marechal want an engine with tremendous power on tap, he wanted it to be as interesting as it was durable. The team at Timeless schemed up a twin-charged Coyote V8 with a fortified long block and potent top end inside of a custom widebody. Despite the scale of the project, they decided they'd debut the build at the 2016 SEMA show, just 10 months away.
The foundation for the engine began with a Ford Aluminator 5.0L block machined to fit 3.7-inch sleeves from QMP Racing. A Ford Performance 5.0L forged crank was bolted in with ARP studs along with Manley Pro-Series I-beam connecting rods and custom Manley pistons forged from 2618 alloy. Combined with Cometic MLS head gaskets and 57cc combustion chambers from the ported Voodoo cylinder heads from Ford's GT350's 5.2L V8, and the 314ci V8 was ready for boost with a 9.25:1 compression ratio. The long block was then mated to a Magnuson MP2300 supercharger with its own air-to-water charge cooler to supply off-idle boost. For even more top-end power, a pair of Precision turbochargers were squeezed into the engine bay and plumbed into the exhaust using tubing bends and mufflers from Magnaflow. Once they were mounted and welded in place, the headers were wrapped with DEI insulation for improved efficiency and a cooler engine bay.
Because this wasn't a simple 289 with 300hp, a more serious drivetrain was in order. The angry V8 is linked to an air-shifted EMCO Gears CG46 sequential six-speed manual transmission with a Centerforce DYAD clutch. Power moves on to an independent rear with a Strange 9.75-inch center section. It uses an Art Morrison multi-link suspension with triple-adjustable RideTech coilovers and four-piston Brembo brakes. Art Morrison also supplied the front subframe, this time with C6 Corvette control arms and spindles and even bigger Brembo six-piston calipers and 15.5-inch carbon ceramic rotors.
Unless your goal is to win a burnout contest, power without traction isn't much use. Timeless Kustoms would need to widen the stock body considerably in order to fit enough rubber to make 1,000hp useful. Starting with a 1965 Mustang coupe shell and their renderings, Timeless added a Dynacorn fastback roof before flares in the fenders and quarterpanels widened the track by two inches on each side. The independent Art Morrison suspension was then complemented with a set of Forgeline GT3C centerlock wheels. The 19x11-inch fronts wear more rubber than most cars do on the rear with 305/30ZR19 Kumho ECSTA V720 tires, the same found on the front of the Viper ACR. The rears are matching 355/30ZR19s mounted on 19x13-inch Forgelines.
A bright crimson belies an interior that is actually rather utilitarian. There's not much for luxury, just a focus on keeping the driver and passenger safe via five-point DJ harnesses, Sparco seats, and a sturdy cage, and keeping the driver in tune with the car through a Racep ak IQ3 gauge cluster and paddle shifters. There's a bit of leather upholstery on the dash, but the door panels are simple and there's no carpet, just textured undercoating and dimple-die aluminum where the floor mats would be. The only real convenience, the Vintage Air A/C system, is hidden under the dash. With the exception of the gauge cluster and the switches, virtually everything looks like it was dipped in red. There are no back seats, and that's fine because the cage prevents anyone from climbing back there anyway. In its place is a DJ Safety fire system.
With more than enough power and plenty of tire, the Vicious Mustang has incredible potential for speed. Thanks to its independent suspension, ample flares, and realistic ground clearance, it also has usable wheel travel to actually put the power down on track. If you happen to be at an open track day in Southern California's Willow Springs or Buttonwillow you just might see Vicious laying down some laps.